Vacancy Notice No. 2009/109

Position and Grade: Director (Legal Adviser) (D-1/D-2)
Organizational Unit: Office of Legal Affairs
Offices reporting to the Director General
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 24 November 2009 (re-opened on 24 February 2010)
Application Deadline: 22 March 2010
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) was established to provide legal services of the highest possible standard to the Secretariat and to the organs and bodies of the IAEA, as well as to Member States, regarding the implementation of the IAEA's activities. The Office reports directly to the Director General and comprises three Sections, each responsible for one of the principal fields of law handled by the IAEA: the General Legal Section, the Non-proliferation and Policy Making Section and the Nuclear and Treaty Law Section. The Director leads the Office with an annual budget of over €2 million and approximately 20 people.

Main purpose

Reporting to the Director General, the Director (Legal Adviser) provides authoritative legal advice on all aspects of the IAEA's mandate as well as on the full range of operational issues of the IAEA. He/she provides leadership and professional direction to the staff of the Office and ensures the provision of legal guidance to all Departments.


The Director is: (1) a leader, encouraging and inspiring the identification and implementation of innovative solutions and best practices that address the priorities of the IAEA; (2) the Legal Adviser, providing authoritative advice to stakeholders and senior management; (3) a manager, acting in accordance with the IAEA's values and ethical standards in making decisions regarding financial, human, information and knowledge resources.


The Director provides legal advice to the Policy-Making Organs, Member States, the Director General and senior managers throughout the IAEA. She/he coordinates activities and approaches with other senior managers.

Functions / Key Results Expected

  • Provide direction for and lead a wide range of multidisciplinary legal matters relating to the interpretation and application of international, public, private and administrative law (including: legal status, privileges and immunities; legal relationship with IAEA Member States, host governments, and authorities; commercial and private law matters; and IAEA relationship with employees).
  • Prepare and/or negotiate legal instruments and contractual arrangements in accordance with the IAEA's statutory functions and provide advice on questions of interpretation of such instruments and arrangements.
  • Promote the development and application of nuclear law through international forums and online content.
  • Support the elaboration of international conventions, regulations or recommendations within the purview of the IAEA's statutory objectives and activities, and provide advice on questions of interpretation and implementation of such instruments.
  • Provide leadership and legal advice towards ongoing alignment and implementation of evolving programme initiatives, strategies and operational practices.
  • Lead and manage an innovative and effective team of senior managers and staff and related resources efficiently and effectively.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Professional expertise: In-depth knowledge of several areas of international, public, private and administrative law. Knowledge of the nuclear non-proliferation framework or treaty law would be desirable.
  • Leadership skills: Thorough knowledge of management principles and ability to foster an environment which promotes good performance, open communication, integrity, self development and innovation.
  • Integrity, strong negotiation and persuasion skills, and the ability effectively to advocate the organization's requirements and to defend the interests of the IAEA in the event of disputes, claims and interventions by external entities/authorities.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills, including the ability to deliver briefings to diverse target audiences as well as to conduct effective meetings with senior management and representatives of Member States and other stakeholders.

Education, Experience and Language Skills

  • Advanced university degree in law.
  • At least 15 years of professional experience encompassing several of the relevant areas of law, including several years of senior level experience in a comparable organization (such as international organization, public sector or non-profit organization).
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of another official IAEA language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) desirable.


The Agency offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at (D-1) US $93 979, (D-2) US $101 454 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to (D-1) US $57 045*, (D-2) US $61 583*, dependency benefits, diplomatic status, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks' annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance.

How to apply to the IAEA

Complete an Online Application

* Subject to change without notice

Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are encouraged

Applicants should be aware that IAEA staff members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. Staff members may be assigned to any location. The IAEA retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade or to make an appointment with a modified job description or for shorter duration than indicated above. Testing may be part of the recruitment process.

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